A Florida man found himself in a fiery situation recently when his Jeep, which was parked in his driveway, burst into flames after the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 that he'd left inside the vehicle exploded.
On September 5, Nathan Dornacher and his wife Lydia were at a yard sale where they were looking to buy a desk for their 8-year-old. While unloading the desk, Nathan left his Galaxy Note 7 charging in the center console if his Jeep. The couple sent their daughter to the back of the car with the dog to help unload, but the dog seemed to know that something was up.
When Nathan went to open the car door, he realized his car was on fire! His smartphone had exploded.
Nathan wrote about it on Facebook:
Not the barbecue I wanted on my day off. We go to a garage sale to grab a desk for Bonnie get back to the house unload the car leave it running AC on to keep the car cool we were planning on grabbing the dog and Bonnie and heading to Petco, I head back out to the car to grab my phone which was on the charger (me and Lydia always fight over the house charger) go to open the door and see flames inside... open the door and it’s engulfed run inside to get extinguisher and of course not to be found yell at Lydia to call Fire Department and well here is the end result...
The fire department was able to put out the flames, but the Jeep - which Nathan says had several upgrades - is now totaled.
This incident comes just days after Samsung issued a massive recall of its smartphones in ten different countries, after 35 reported instances of the Note 7 catching fire and/or exploding.
Samsung has issued the following statement:
We are aware of the incident and we are working with Mr. Dornacher to investigate his case and ensure we do everything we can for him. Consumer safety is Samsung's highest priority. With regard to the Galaxy Note7, we are asking owners to take advantage of the Product Exchange Program announced on Friday of last week. The program offers Note7 owners the opportunity to exchange the phone for a new one. More details on the program can be found at http://www.samsung.com/us/note7exchange/.
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